BYE BYE BIRDIE

Glendale Centre Theatre’s terrific revival of the rock-n-rollin’ 1960 Broadway favorite Bye Bye Birdie makes at least two things abundantly clear. First, despite a number of cultural references certain to fly over the heads of whippersnappers too young for their AARP membership card, the fifty-seven-year-old Broadway smash remains younger than most musicals half its age. And second, there’s no SoCal theater better at staging musicals in-the-round than GCT.
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FOR PIANO AND HARPO


Comedian, composer, pianist, actor, raconteur, best-selling author, quiz-show guest and talk-show host—Oscar Levant was all of these and more, and thanks to writer-star Dan Castellaneta, the largely forgotten 20th-century icon returns to self-deprecating, neurotic, pill-addicted, acerbic life in Castellaneta’s entertaining, elucidating bio-dramedy For Piano And Harpo, a Falcon Theatre World Premiere.
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FREE OUTGOING

Powerful performances highlighted by Anna Khaja’s riveting star turn command attention in the Los Angeles Premiere of Anupama Chandrasekhar’s Free Outgoing. Still, the unremitting bleakness of its shocking-but-true story of conservative Indian values in today’s anything-goes Internet age could make it a hard sell for East West Players.
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ZOOT SUIT

Downtown Los Angeles explodes with music, dance, and dramatic fireworks as the Mark Taper Forum celebrates its 50th-Anniversary Season with a spectacular, timelier-than-ever revival of Luis Valdez’s legendary Zoot Suit.
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EVITA

Refreshingly innovative direction, memorable lead performances, a sensational ensemble, fresh dance moves, and a stunning production design make Musical Theatre West’s revival of the international smash Evita by far the finest regional staging I’ve seen of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice classic.
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946: THE AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS

World War II England comes breathtakingly to life as Cornwall’s Kneehigh Theatre returns to the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts with the magical, musical, mesmerizing (and fact-based) 946: The Amazing Story Of Adolphus Tips.
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LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

It’s a long summer day’s journey into the darkest nighttime of their souls for the illness-and-addiction-plagued Tyrones of Eugene O’Neill’s 20th-century classic Long Day’s Journey Into Night, now getting a superbly acted and designed Geffen Playhouse revival under Jeanie Hackett’s inspired direction.
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DISNEY’S ALADDIN DUAL LANGUAGE EDITION

Rata callejera and hija del sultán fall madly enamorados with the help of a certain blue genio as Casa 0101 treats L.A. audiences to Disney’s Aladdin Dual Language Edition, a particular treat for those who hablan español, but you don’t have to be bilingual to find yourself falling under the spell of las noches de Arabia that have made the Disney animated feature a home video favorite these past twenty-five years.
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